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CWRU researcher working with NASA, other partners to build small, battery-powered aircraft in next several years

Image of a flying cabNeed to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think.
Vikas Prakash, a Case Western Reserve University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is helping to create the light-weight, fully electric air vehicles that could make personal air travel for-hire a reality.

CWRU awarded funding to understand how a virus-like particle from plants stimulates potent anti-tumor response

PlantsNicole Steinmetz, the George J. Picha Designated Professor in Biomaterials, received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to help understand how a virus-like particle from plants stimulates potent anti-tumor responses.
The new U01 award, totaling nearly $3 million, is provided by the National Cancer Institute. For the funded study, Steinmetz is teamed up with Steve Fiering, professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth College. They will also collaborate with Julian Kim and Sourabh Shukla, members of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as P. Jack Hoopes, a veterinarian and cancer researcher at Geisel.

CCIPD researchers receive RSNA Research Trainee Awards

Cancer cellsNathaniel Braman, a graduate student studying biomedical engineering in the Center of Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD), and Rakesh Shiradkar, a research associate in CCIPD and biomedical engineering, were awarded Research Trainee awards from the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) at their annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in November.

CWRU among best in the country for commercialization of research

Patient with neural electrodes connected to his headCase Western Reserve ranked 13th in the country—ahead of Harvard, Georgia Tech, and the University of Chicago—in a new study of research universities’ effectiveness in translating research breakthroughs into commercial success.
“This result is a testament to the dedication and creativity of our faculty, as well as the efforts of our Technology Transfer Office and leadership of Vice President for Research Suzanne Rivera,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “I congratulate them all, and look forward to still more innovation that benefits our world.”

Team of CWRU undergraduates takes first place in Cleveland Medical Hackathon

CrasBand team members (from left) Josef Scheidt, Rohan Sinha and Nsisong Udosen at the Cleveland Medical HackathonThey thought they had no chance.
After all, most of the 150-plus competitors comprising 22 teams in last weekend’s Cleveland Medical Hackathon at the Global Center for Health Innovation downtown were health professionals with PhDs and functioning prototypes of their inventions.
And all the Case Western Reserve University team of undergraduates had was an idea: a concept called CrasBand (pronounced crossband), a wrist device that monitors a person’s cardiac health in real time.